Sunday, September 01, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki

So, Hayao Miyazaki has announced that he will no longer write and direct feature length animated films. At 72, the man’s certainly entitled to enjoy his retirement. But I can’t help thinking that animation will be so much poorer as an art form now he is withdrawing from the world stage.

Miyazaki’s filmography includes work for television, short features, and scripting and production duties, not to mention aesthetic guidance/input, on just about everything that bears the Studio Ghibli imprimatur.

He’s directed eleven features (links to where reviews exist on this blog) represent a stunningly coherent and visually imaginative body of work:

The Castle of Cagliostro

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Laputa, Castle in the Sky

My Neighbour Totoro (go here for image gallery)

Kiki’s Delivery Service (go here for image gallery)

Porco Rosso

Princess Mononoke

Spirited Away

Howl’s Moving Castle


The Wind Rises


Tim said...

The man's a genius, and he's earned the right to do anything he wants, but...'s not the first time he's announced his retirement, is all I'm saying.

Neil Fulwood said...

Ah, yes - didn't he announce his retirement about 15 years ago after 'Princess Mononoke'?